Spin - 2/93, p.78
"...the most appealing quality of PUNK ROCK is the mix of great performances juxtaposed with god-awful recording techniques...This record guarantees excitement..."
Alternative Press - 3/93, p.43
"...SMASH YOUR HEAD pushes Sebadoh into an elite group of bands to revere...the album is consistent, unfragmented, and more or less great...the results can be almost perfect..."
Includes tracks from the European EPs, SEBADOH VS. HELMET and ROCKING THE FOREST.
Sebadoh: Lou Barlow (guitar, vocals, bass); Eric Gaffney (guitar, drums, bass, synthesizer); Jason Lowenstein (bass, drums, vocals, guitar).
Additional personnel: Bob Fay (drums, guitar, vocals).
Primarily recorded at the Slaughterhouse, Amherst, Massachusetts between December, 1991 and June, 1992.
Personnel: Jason Loewenstein, Bob Fay (vocals, guitar, drums); Lou, Lou Barlow (vocals, guitar); Eric Gaffney, Eric ? (guitar, synthesizer, drums).
Recording information: Slaughterhouse (12/1991-06/1992).
Sebadoh made its Sub Pop debut with Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock, which collects the highlights of the import compilations Rockin' the Forest and Sebadoh vs. Helmet. Lou Barlow's contributions are the gems here, especially the transcendent "Brand New Love," which first appeared in acoustic form on Weed Forestin' (and was later punked up by Superchunk); almost as good are "Vampire" and "Good Things," while an apt and poignant cover of David Crosby's "Everybody's Been Burned" underscores the emotional frailty which binds all of Barlow's work. ~ Jason Ankeny